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'Normal' is killing us.

Donald Trump is out of the White House. COVID-19 is fading, at least in wealthier nations. The world, they say, is returning to “normal.” That’s the narrative that the corporate media is selling. But there’s a problem: “normal” is destroying our planet, threatening our democracies, concentrating massive wealth in a tiny elite, and leaving billions of people without access to life-saving vaccines amid a deadly pandemic. Here at Common Dreams, we refuse to accept any of this as “normal.” Common Dreams just launched our Mid-Year Campaign to make sure we have the funding we need to keep the progressive, independent journalism of Common Dreams alive. Whatever you can afford—no amount is too large or too small—please donate today to support our nonprofit, people-powered journalism and help us meet our goal.

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Alan MacLeod

Alan MacLeod

Alan MacLeod is a member of the Glasgow University Media Group. He is author of "Bad News From Venezuela: 20 Years of Fake News and Misreporting." His latest book, Propaganda in the Information Age: Still Manufacturing Consent, was published by Routledge in May 2019. Follow him on Twitter: @AlanRMacLeod

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'Divisive': How Corporate Media Dismiss Ideas Unpopular With Elites

The next time you hear your favorite political proposals being labeled as too "divisive," "contentious," or "polarizing" to work, check the polls first.

Alan MacLeod ·


Dismay Over the Freeing of Lula Da Silva Illustrates the Opposition of the Business Press to Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Financial media were all too happy to see a far-right authoritarian gain power, as long as he implemented pro-rich policies. 

Alan MacLeod ·


Like Clockwork, Corporate Media Become Deficit Hawks When It Comes to Passing Progressive Legislation

The point of deficit hawkery is to scold and scare readers into accepting cuts to welfare and public services that are of no use to the wealthy, while they curiously have little problem with Republicans running deficits to suit their wealthy constituents.

Alan MacLeod ·


Trump’s Social Media Ban May Be Justified, But That Doesn’t Mean Power of Big Tech Isn’t Dangerous

Silicon Valley corporations are far from neutral moral arbiters, and have a history of abusing their power. Trump was and remains a menace, but we further empower these corporate giants at our peril.

Alan MacLeod ·


Billionaire-Owned Media Look Out for Neediest by Demanding They Get No More Money

“How to pay for it” is the question they perennially ask when the prospect of helping ordinary people is raised.

Alan MacLeod ·


‘Freedom Is Blossoming’: After Dismembering a Journalist, Saudi Arabia Goes on a PR Spree

Behind the media and money blitz, the kingdom remains one of the world's worst human rights violators—both at home and abroad. 

Alan MacLeod ·


Media Outlets Owned by Billionaires Very Quick to Tell Readers Taxing the Rich Is Bad Idea

A wealth tax as modest as some Democrats are proposing would affect precious few Americans, but still generate trillions of dollars of revenue from people who have largely been increasing their fortunes throughout the pandemic.

Alan MacLeod ·


Julian Assange: Press Shows Little Interest in Media ‘Trial of Century’

A successful Assange prosecution could be the legal spark for future anti-journalistic actions.

Alan MacLeod ·

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